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MOSCOW, December 7. /TASS/. Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, the president of the World Chess Federation (FIDE), said on Monday he is ready to come to the United States to meet with officials from the US Department of the Treasury in a bid to clarify why it has imposed sanctions against him.
In late November, the United States announced sanctions against Ilyumzhinov, 53, claiming he has relations with the governor of the Syrian central bank. Later on, Ilyumzhinov said he had no commercial interests in Syria.
"I am ready to come to the United States, to Washington, to meet with officials from the Department of the Treasury," Ilyumzhinov said in an interview with the Rossiya-24 television channel. "I am ready to hear their claims to me, to study their documents."
On Sunday, the FIDE presidential council suspended his competences till the next council meeting. Ilyumzhinov handed over this authorities to FIDE First Vice President Georgios Makropoulos.
Ilyumzhinov was elected FIDE president on November 24, 1995. Since then, he was re-elected to the position six times. He is the sixth president in the 90-year-long history of that organization.